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H063476 MARKSMEN'S LANYARD NATIONAL EAGLE SHIELD. (Hoheitsabzeichen Schild für Schützenschnur)

BACKGROUND: Originally German army marksmen were distinguished by a series of sleeve stripes that were introduced on January 27TH 1928, during the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era. These sleeve stripes remained in use until newly designed marksmen’s lanyards were introduced on June 29TH 1936. The lanyards were issued in twelve ascending grades with grade one being the lowest and grade twelve the highest. The grades were originally differentiated by a silver colored shield with a Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), eagle for grades one through four with an additional acorn device for each successive grade, a silver colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle, crossed swords and a oak-leaf wreath for grades five through eight with an additional acorn device for each successive grade and a gilt colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle, crossed swords and a oak-leaf wreath for grades nine through twelve with an additional acorn device for each successive grade. On January 9TH 1939 the first pattern lanyard shields for grades one through four were replaced with the silver colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle, crossed swords and a oak-leaf wreath that was slightly smaller then the first pattern shields for grades five through eight. The lanyards were awarded to qualifying EM/NCO’s and were accompanied with an award certificate. The lanyards were worn suspended from under the right shoulder strap and attached to the second top front closure button of most uniforms. Award of the marksmen’s lanyards was discontinued on February 14TH 1941 to be reinstituted at the successful conclusion of the war. Of Note: Lanyards for Artillery marksmen utilized the standard Infantry marksmen’s lanyard shield but with an additional artillery shell device for each successive grade. On October 17TH 1938 a new lanyard shield was designed specifically for qualified Panzer, (Armored), troop marksmen. Prior to the introduction of the Panzer marksmen’s lanyard shield armored marksmen were awarded the standard Infantry marksmen’s lanyard shield.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 55mm tall, 40mm wide, silver washed, stamped, zinc construction, second pattern, (circa January 1939-February 1941), national eagle shield for grades one to eight marksmen’s lanyards. The insignia consists of a vertically oval, embossed, oak-leaf wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons, to the top center, encompassing crossed swords which are superimposed on a shield shaped base with a subtly pebbled background field. The reverse of the shield is a mirror image of the obverse and has 2 of its original 4 soldered, attachment prongs intact. The shield has lost all of it’s silver wash and has reverted to the flat, matte grey of the base alloy with small spots of light oxidization spotting. The shield has no visible manufacturer’s marks.

GRADE *** 1/2                                                     PRICE $39.00

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